Big Day : Season 1

  • Network: ABC
  • Series Premiere Date: Nov 28, 2006

Mixed or average reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 25
  2. Negative: 12 out of 25

Critic Reviews

  1. Husband-and-wife team Josh Goldsmith and Cathy Yuspa pack the half-hour with oddball characters, zany circumstances and loads of physical comedy, but it's all grounded in enough reality to be utterly believable and irrepressibly funny.
  2. “Big Day” is marvelously cast, and the actors, especially Wendie Malick, manage, like the cast of “24,” to convey a sense of urgency that almost belongs on the stage.
  3. 63
    Normally, this should be as much fun as pulling out your own fingernails, but the cast for the most part makes it tolerable and fun.
  4. The larger problem may be whether there's enough material to cover an entire season.
  5. 60
    A lot of this is pretty funny, but for 24 episodes?
  6. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    A harmless and mostly fun little sitcom.
  7. "Big Day" doesn't feel like a big hit, but it is intermittently amusing.
  8. 50
    "Big Day" just doesn't deliver many big laughs.
  9. Whether you'll want to go the distance with "Big Day" will probably rest on how close you feel to the family.
  10. The show often goes to annoying extremes.
  11. 40
    Too often, “Big Day” evokes the unpleasantness of pre-wedding stress, without mining the nuptial process for creative, original laughs.
  12. 40
    Big Day is forced and tiring, although Wendie Malick is a delirious hoot as the bride's pushy mom.
  13. 40
    Despite its formal ambition, "Big Day" is disappointingly ordinary.
  14. The question, still open, is whether the writers can pack enough comic caffeine into the next 21 weeks to keep viewers along for the ride.
  15. People Weekly
    Reviewed by: Tom Gliatto
    There are small funny moments along the way. [4 Dec 2006, p.39]
  16. 37
    The show is all structure and no substance.
  17. 30
    With too many one-note jokes and characters, insufficient barrel laughs and too much controlled chaos, "Big Day" will be lucky if it even makes it to the afternoon let alone a walk down the aisle.
  18. 30
    "Big Day"... doesn't have an original bone in its carefully constructed body, which would be a pardonable offense if it were actually funny. Which, alas, it is not.
  19. Entertainment Weekly
    Reviewed by: Gillian Flynn
    Big Day has no likable characters. [1 Dec 2006, p.72]
  20. 25
    One of the most puzzling things about TV this year is the mere existence of this catastrophe. It is a huge, huge pile.
  21. 10
    Big Day should be retitled "The Longest Day," as it spends an entire season showing us how many dreadfully unfunny complications can spoil a single wedding day.
  22. The situations are predictable, the writing is unfunny and the cast is forced to overplay every scene in hopes of generating something resembling a chuckle.
  23. A stinking pile of unlikely plot twists, brain-dead dialogue and cardboard characters.
  24. "Big Day" is basically bad community theater with music clearances.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 19 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 14
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 14
  3. Negative: 3 out of 14
  1. CJBurkart
    Mar 29, 2007
    This show is the funniest comedy on television currently. It different and very clevery, something that is drastically missing from This show is the funniest comedy on television currently. It different and very clevery, something that is drastically missing from television these days. If ABC cancels this show, its a disgrace. Give it time. None of my family or friends have even heard of it. Full Review »
  2. francescad
    Mar 23, 2007
    Great show!
  3. BryanC
    Feb 18, 2007
    Awesome! Hilarius. Hope they air the final episode or release it on DVD. Another season would be great too.